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Hector SWANSON

Regimental number13647
Place of birthCupar Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMotorman
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs C Swanson, 31 Sheriff Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date18 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Ambulance
FateKilled in Action 2 September 1918
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialHabecourt British Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 5), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
184
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Hector and Janet SWANSON, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland; husband of Charlotte SWANSON, 5 Cul-de-sac Road, England
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of 7th November, 1917, the enemy commenced a heavy area bombardment with large calibre shells in the vicinity of IDEAL POST east of YPRES. The first shells wounded three infantry men. Private SWANSON did not hesitate but went out into the middle of the area admidst the heavy bombardment dressed and carried one man to comparative safety unaided and twice again alone repeated the performance without any loss of time. Thus saving the lives of three wounded men with great personal risk to himself and in the face of what seemed almost certain death showed immense bravery and keen devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

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